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Lorena Espin – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2014/2015

 

After the closing ceremony for the Best Dive Job in the World, I spent a week of downtime with Jason and Lisa at the Prama Sanur Beach. As you already know, I am very appreciative of downtime. But I was especially happy to spend time with my friends before they left.

divemaster diving in bali with mola mola

My IDC starts in a few weeks; I am very excited about it but more on that shortly. In the meantime, I am diving every day. It feels great to be back in the water, but moreover it feels great to be confident in the water. Every dive, I find something cool. Unfortunately I have yet to see a Mola Mola, but I am optimistic that I will meet and befriend one before my year is up.

 

Soon I will collect my own dive gear, courtesy of Aqualung and Suunto. I do not think it needs to be said but I will say it anyway: OMG I AM SO EXCITED TO GET MY OWN GEAR! It is starting to sink in just how much I have won. I knew that I would have liked to win – because, come on, how fun is winning?! – but I did not realize how much I needed it.

I cannot wait for IDC to start and to meet the other candidates. This time the playing field is a little more level because we are all going in with the same certifications, knowledge, and mastery of skills. No more feeling like the underdog.

But never mind the playing field because the IDC is not a competition and I am incredibly excited about that. These soon-to-arrive candidates will not be competitors, they will be friends.

IDC friends in bali

Admittedly, I am already nervous about the looming Instructor Examination, but I will cross that bridge when I get there.

 

Once that bridge is crossed, I am very excited to think that soon I will be teaching my first PADI Open Water students. I remember my first open water dive. This is partly because it was not that long ago, but mostly because it was a memorable and enriching experience. To be a part of that experience for other people – this is what I look forward to the most!

 

Elimination Week

Lorena Espin – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2014/2015

 

Ironically, elimination week was the least stressful week of the competition for me.

best dive job elimination week in bali

Elimination week was made up of half days. The beautiful thing about a half day is that one can do whatever one likes with the other half of one’s day. I had not been granted this kind of down time in a long time, and I fully embraced it. One evening Lisa, Jason, and I laid in the grass staring up at the kites in the sky, just because we could.

 

The other great thing about elimination week was that I was somehow avoiding elimination. As a matter of fact, I was getting top marks. Every challenge we were tasked with had already been assigned to us at some point during our training. And where I had previously struggled during the training, I was now thriving. Elimination week was my redemption.

 

To see how I and everyone else fared, have a look at this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpPaoSI_F58

 

best dive job elimination week in bali

I was proving to everyone what I had always suspected; that I was capable. I had something to show for the long study sessions and the extra hours in the pool with my coach, Jason. Aside from watching kites, our favorite activity was to discuss how well we were doing and how awesome we are, over delicious Western food – because after weeks of rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you would start to miss Western food too!

 

Yes, I was patting myself on the ol’ back. But it felt like my month of self-doubt and personal failures was finally over, and it was nice to start believing in myself again. I could hardly believe that I had actually progressed during my time here; the results of elimination week were the proof I needed.

Coming to Bali

Lorena Espin – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2014/2015

When I arrived in Bali, first I felt excited to have arrived in a tropical country where I would soon be diving every day. Second I felt annoyed and despaired that my luggage had not arrived with me.USAT Tulamben Wreck

Eventually my stuff was returned to me, but the incident was an appropriate way to start things off, as the next few weeks were struggle after struggle for me.

One struggle was that I was undeniably coming into this whole thing as the underdog. I was merely Open Water certified and had only nine dives under my belt. My impression was that my fellow competitors each had a thousand logged dives; they all knew exactly what they were doing on our first dive together. Meanwhile, I was concentrating on remembering how to breathe that I did not even notice the ship wreck. Embarrassing.

I improved, as I set small, attainable goals for myself each dive. I also spent extra time in the pool, working diligently on my skills.

AnotherThe Best Dive Job In The World - Lorena struggle was that we were separated into two teams of four and competed against each other in what I was convinced were impossible challenges. Taking pictures of fish during a violent drift dive? Sell T-shirts in a country none of know? I stress: Impossible challenges.

Want to see more of my struggles? Check out this episode and see what the very cool prizes were: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZLkJmfauRU
Spoiler alert: I was on the team that lost nearly every prize. At least I had fun commiserating with and getting to know my teammates. Why not watch this cheeky little video my un-triumphant but awesome team put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQShjh9qJf4

Also, as a reality TV connoisseur I knew that the overall winner of a competition usually comes from the team that loses the most challenges throughout. So it stood to reason that that overall winner could very well be me. Now that’s good television!

Best Dive Job – Before coming to Bali 

Lorena Espin – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2014/2015

After I was announced as having made the Top 8, I did what any self-respecting adult would do: I celebrated for a week straight. Next, I did what any self-hating adult would do: I got two part-time jobs. I had to save up for the uproot of my life to Bali.

One tends to work a lot when one has to save up for an uproot, and soon it felt like all I was doing was working. I forgot what I was working towards. Even though my flight was booked, Bali and the Divemaster training began to feel like an illusion. Every day I expected to check my email and find out that the Best Dive Job was cancelled, or that it never existed, or that it was some elaborate and cruel Internet joke.

Best Dive job, diving

What if the Best dive job page had been a fake?

Closer to departure, it became real to me that I was going to Bali. What also became real to me were the million and one things I all of a sudden realized I had to do to prepare.

I also realized that going to Bali meant having to leave Montreal. This made me sad. Montreal was coming into the summer months, I had been enjoying spending time with my friends and family, I did not want that time to end, and I had no idea when I would be coming back.

Best Div Job, diving

Friends and family

To get an idea of why Montreal is special to me, check out a couple of videos I made as part of the Best Dive Job pre-arrival challenges:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOJO-df_8-Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwRxDAdiXFw

Sad or not, there were no employment opportunities in Montreal that excited me, so I knew this was a move I needed to make and I couldn’t wait!

Next time – arriving in Bali!

Making it into the top 8

Making it into the top 8

Lorena Espin – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2014/2015

When I entered the Best Dive Job competition, some of my competitors had thousands of votes and I had a mere ten days to somehow make the judges pay attention to me.

Just for fun, here’s a throwback to my entry video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpS5aZqYUks

At the time I was unemployed and papering Montreal with my CV was about as appealing as swimming laps in a parka. My options, as I saw them, were to sit on my couch and binge watch TV or sit on my couch and work on my campaign. My Rottie was such a good sport; she kept me company and even made a cameo in some of my promotional videos and photos. You might remember her:

Best dive job, dog, companion

My Rottie

During those ten days, I was obnoxiously present on social media. I was posting constantly, hashtag-ing everything and anything scuba related, and tagging everyone and their uncle.

I can only assume that in person, I was just as obnoxious. I became that person who constantly asked you to repeat what you had just said because I was too busy checking my phone to pay attention.

But my friends showed me how patient and loyal they are. They understood that I was pursuing my dream, and were happy to support me. They helped me shoot my challenge videos, they stood by me as I plastered the city with flyers, they shared, commented, liked my posts. A huge shout to them!

Media, best dive job, Lorena

Preparing for my latest media shoot

Here’s one specific shout: a good friend of mine donated to Project Aware for me. In exchange, I had to do a dare. Check out the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxUd1CgTqp8&feature=youtu.be

And then after I really knew what was happening I was announced as one of the top 8, I WAS GOING TO BALI!

Here’s my acceptance video after hearing the amazing news!

http://tinyurl.com/oebn6md

In my next blog I’ll talk a little about the waiting before actually setting off to Bali, an really amazing time of my life

How I Found Out About the Best Dive Job 2014

How I Found Out About the Best Dive Job 2014

Lorena Espin – Winner of the best dive Job in the World 2014/2015.

In 2013, I spent fourteen months in Australia. It was not until my last month there that I finally got my Open Water certification up in Cairns. I suppose you could say I was saving it for last. Foolish. My flight back to Canada was the following week, and I wanted to keep diving.

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I begrudgingly went back to Canada because changing a flight is close to impossible and all my stuff was there anyway. I also missed my family and friends. But I had resolved to give myself one year there. One year to save up and pay my way to becoming a dive instructor and seeing my newfound, half-baked dream through.

I started bar-tending. And shortly after, I was sick of bar-tending.

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There had to be another way to finance this. So I took to the Internet. I googled things like “Dive Master Internship” “Dive Shops Montreal” and “High Paying Jobs” Eventually I stumbled upon and clicked on a banner advertising the Best Dive Job.

 Make a video explaining why I wanted to be a dive instructor and I could win a Divemaster internship in Bali? This could be my break. I watched other people’s submission videos and I thought: “I can totally do this!”

 

Challenge time!

On our last dive master training day, Team A and B had to compete against each other. As we were spending our day in the pool, getting scored on our demonstration skills, we kind of knew what to expect: An equipment exchange challenge.

Usually, the equipment exchange is carried out in buddy-teams. For our challenge, we had to work as a group of four.

The rules were simple: Accomplish the task as fast as possible and without making any mistakes. The task itself was less simple: Swim to the deep end of the pool, free-dive down, find your weight belt and your buddy’s BCD, put both on and start exchanging equipment. At the end, we had to perform a five-point ascend, simultaneously.

Both teams did a great job but there can only be one winner: Team B! Congratulations on your 2 days stay at Prama Sanur Beach Hotel! What a great prize: Spending relaxing time at a luxurious hotel after six weeks of intense dive master training!

Thank you Prama Sanur Beach for providing us with the prize!

http://www.aerowisatahotels.com/hotel/prama-sanur-beach-bali

Who can find the most fishes?

Challenge time! After organizing social events and raising money for Project AWARE, we had another group challenge coming up: Fish ID. Group A and B competed with each other for a great price . . . curious?

The task was not easy: Taking clear pictures of as many fish species as possible during three consecutive drift dives. Have you ever tried to take a clear picture of another moving object during a drift dive? If you want to challenge yourself, try it! We did our best to enjoy flying with the current at Nusa Penida and taking snapshots of fishes at the same time.

At the end of the day, we realized how divers Bali’s fish population was: We took hundreds of fish-pictures and had to identify as many as possible. Every one of us stayed up late to produce our own little identification guides. Guess what I dreamt of: fishes!

I liked this challenge a lot, as it was a great opportunity to get to know Bali’ fish species. Plus: Four of us were the lucky winners of a brand new Suunto D4i dive computer! Suunto’s latest model is not only stylish but also equipped with many useful features.

A big THANK YOU for the very generous gift!

http://www.suunto.com/

Reflections on my Divemaster course so far

The Divemaster course at Blue Season Bali has been amazing so far! I experienced and improved a lot in a very short time. Every day is different, never boring, and filled with new lessons to learn.

My two favourite parts of the course are buoyancy control and guiding. Actually, you cannot be a good guide without excellent buoyancy control, so the two go hand in hand. I want to become a good guide, as I enjoy leading a group of divers a lot! Making people happy with a great and safe dive experience give me satisfaction.

The big plus of Bali are definitely the spectacular dive sites! Even after visiting a dive site for the fifth time, I do not get bored of it. There is always more to explore, a little creature you have overlooked so far or a shift in water conditions, which changes the experience of a dive completely.

We have been to Sanur, Amed, Tulamben and Nusa Penida so far. The dive sites around Nusa Penida are my absolute favourites! After a 45 minutes boat ride, you reach Manta Point, a manta cleaning station at very shallow depth. Manta rays visit the cleaning station all year round, so the chances to see them are quite high. Even if you do not find these gentle giants: the sight of a Green Sea Turtle or . . . a Mola Mola, may surprise you! Crystal Bay, another dive site around Nusa Penida, is the best location for Mola Molas.

Even if you ae not blessed with big stuff on your dive in Bali, there is always a cute little Nudibranch awaiting your attention!

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http://www.baliocean.com/en/goprointernships/divemaster-internships

Divemaster so far

Here it is, 3 weeks on the island of the Gods with Blue Season Bali taking my divemaster course. So far we have been to so many dive sites in Tulamben, Penida, Amed, Padang Bai and Sanur. Every site has it’s own “awe” factor and they just keep getting better everytime I see them as I am getting better and batter at spotting marine life.  In the DM course we have been learning so much from a basic regulator recovery all the way to advanced dive theory. My favorite topic so far has been ‘Search and Recovery’ I’m a rescue junkie what can I say! This has been a very rewarding and extremely memorable course and trip all together. Want to find out more, click here! Http://www.baliocean.com/en/goprointernships/divemaster-internships

Journey to the North

The best dive job candidates went on a journey! We had the opportunity to travel to the north-west of Bali, where the Menjangan National Park is situated.

Our first two days (and nights), we spent on the “Markisa”, a lovely wooden vessel operated by Abyss World Indonesia. Our hosts Dan Stilwell and Claudine Daigneault did not hesitate to fulfil all our wishes and teach us a lot at the same time! They run an amazing innovative boat operation, combining diving with Balinese culture. No matter if on land or underwater, there is always something to explore with Abyss World.

The Markisa took us from Permuteran to The Menjangan, an eco-resort situated in the heart of the Menjangan National Park. This four star resort is absolutely worth a stay! The definite highlight so far. I felt at home and comfortable instantly. Retreating from our busy everyday life and relaxing in a purely natural environment: heaven! Diving, horse riding, massages and celebrating Denny’s 20th birthday were our only obligations.

These four days went by too fast and we all wished we could have stayed longer. Nevertheless, back to reality!

http://www.abyssworld.com/diving

Dive Site Setup

Today we went over dive site setup and briefings while at Tulamben.  Ensuring your dive site is set properly is very important because it makes it easier to ensure all the equipment for the dive is there and accounted for both before and after the dive.  It is also a great way to ensure access to all emergency equipment if it is needed instead of throwing things around trying to find the oxygen kit in the heat of the moment.  Dive briefings are just as important covering things like the logistics available at the site (food, bathrooms, showers ect.), what to expect on the dive, signals that will be used for that dive and what role each diver will have.  It was a great day in the sun and in the water with the USAT Liberty Wreck.

http://www.idc-bali-internships.com/idc_bali_internships_dm/

Rescue your buddies

Our Rescue Diver Course started last Thursday on 28th of May, and oh, boy, was it intense!

We went to the Dogs Point beach in Sanur and after a few minutes of a boat ride, we arrived on the location where we conducted our training. Water temperature was around 30°C and for the first time I wore only the short Aqua lung wetsuit during the dive. It felt amazing!

We practiced approaching tired as well as panicking diver while keeping an eye contact for the whole time. While carefully assessing them, we had to stay out of their reach and locate their BCD inflator before grabbing them by their tanks. Also, we had to establish positive buoyancy before escorting them to the boat.

Beside master Yoshi, our great instructor, Steph and Simon were assisting with our rescue course assignments. Both of them were super helpful, giving us a lot of extra tips and advices. They were also extremely patient with us polishing our new skills and doing our best to save our “victims”. Thank you, guys, we love you!

Day after we came back to the same spot to finish our rescue training. We had a chance to experience the scenarios Yoshi created for us which were by far my favorite part of the course! He split us in two groups and we had to orientate ourselves under the surface to find a missing diver. As soon as we found the unresponsive diver, played by splendid actor Simon, we had to make sure to ascent with him safely to the surface, initiate rescue breaths and evacuate him ASAP. That was a bit stressful part of the course but also very useful in our further training. I surely look forward to the new assignments waiting for us on the Dive Master Course! Bring it on!

Want to find out more about the Rescue Diver Course at Blue Season Bali?, click here and join us today!

http://www.baliocean.com/en/courses/continue-the-adventure/rescue-diver

Saving lives is hard work

After three very intense days, we are finally all certified rescue divers!

In my opinion, the rescue diver course is the first step of becoming a professional, responsible diver. You learn how to focus on others, recognize emergencies and how to handle them. Basically, you learn how to save lives.

After Jason, having saved many lives already, gave us a lesson on Emergency First Response the night before, Day 1 started with the actual PADI Emergency First Response training.

Alternating theoretical input and application, our instructors slowly guided us through the course. We got to practice on our fellow contestants, both on an adult and a baby dummy, learned how to perform CPR and…had a lot of fun!

At the end of the day, we were unexpectedly confronted with a “real” emergency: Our instructors acted perfectly as victims in various emergency scenarios to test our freshly acquired skills. It was a big drama! We all helped together and succeeded in handling the situation.

No matter how good your Emergency First Response skills are: Never forget to call 112! Professional help should always be on the way in an actual emergency. As a first responder, you can only do so much, but at least you can!

Now that we learned all the required skills, it was time to practice them in the field. Off we went to Sanur on Day 2, climbed on Blue Season Bali’s boat and started practicing with full diving gear in shallow water not far from the coast.

Search and Recovery, approaching and towing a tired or panicking diver, controlled ascents and many more were the scenarios we ran through. Teamwork, communication, delegation and a cool head were the key factors to successfully rescuing a diver in need.

In the afternoon, we repeated and newly acquired skills in Blue Season Bali’s pool. Overall, it was a great day! Exhausting in a very satisfying way.

On our last course day, we practiced everything we learned so far close to the Blue Season-boat in Sanur Bay. And…got rewarded with a fun dive: Sea snakes, nudis, coral nurseries, underwater statues and a lot of friendly fishes showed up!

My favourite part of the course was definitely the ocean practice! Running through a scenario in the water with full gear on, makes it much easier in real life diving emergencies to react quickly and appropriately.

Want to find out more, click here!
http://www.baliocean.com/en/courses/continue-the-adventure/rescue-diver

DM so far

If you want to be a PADI Divemaster, member of PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, you will learn in your course how to be a good role-model for others. This includes excellent dive skills, exuding confidence and prioritizing personal safety, demonstrating care for enviroment, reading people and situations etc.

We are very busy with learning all the new things from this course. Our days begin at 6 A.M. – we set up equipment for our group and the Blue Season Bali’s guests, make sure that we have tanks for all dives, weightbelts, towels and water.

Next necesarry part of divemaster work is to do bus briefings and dive briefings before the dive, so we are practising and strengthening our self-confidence every day as well as learning new things about local dive sites.

Time to go to the ocean! But don’t forget to open your tanks and do buddy check ;). My favourite part is here… As a PADI Divemaster you can guide a group of divers on their underwater adventure, share with them your experiences and point out aquatic life. During this awesome time I still have to remember that it is my responsibility to check air through out the dive and keep an eye on the depth, dive time and no deco time.

After the dive I do debreafing about the aquatic life we saw and tips about how they may increase their diving skills such as buoyancy control. What a great diving experience for all of us!

Want to find out more about PADI Divemaster course? Click here!

Intern Guiding in Tulamben

It’s June 5, 2015.

What a special day for me… We woke up at 5:30 as usual, went to Blue Season Bali and ensured all  equipment. I did bus briefing before our trip to Tulamben. First time in my life :). As you can imagine, I was quite nervous but all contestants are so tolerant and friendly so i enjoyed my first time. I introduced BSB crew, explained to everyone what we will do today,  how AC works, told them joke and all the important things! Another special moment was first dive of the day (in USAT Liberty wreck).

Before the dive I had briefing. We are all Rescue Divers now but breafing is really important part of every single dive so I repeated dive site name, entry and exit, depth of our dive, time at the bottom, the most important signals etc. I was guiding Lorena D., Lorena E. And Lisa.. All of them are really great divers and I have to appreciate them again… that dive was really special, awesome, unique..It was my 100th dive!!

My day just could not be better. But I have this feeling every day in Bali. It’s such a great honor to see  how our personalities and diving skills are growing! I can’t wait to another day of The Best Dive Job in  the World 2014/2015.

Week One: EFR and Rescue Diver Certification

We don’t waste any time here with The Best Dive Job in the World. Week one and I can’t believe I’m already certified in Emergency First Response (EFR) and received my Rescue Diver certification.

I am a bit ashamed to say that up until this week I had zero first aide, CPR, or EFR experience, unlike the majority of my competitors/friends who have all had a bit of training in this field. Needless to say, I was a bit of an underdog, but I was up for the challenge.

Before we could begin the Rescue Diver course I needed to get my EFR skills mastered. After a 12-hour day in the classroom, and some very extensive hands-on training, I was confident in my ability to save or sustain someone’s life until EMS could arrive. The classroom dummy took a bit of a beating as we all took turns practicing CPR and abdominal thrusts.

The next few days were our water skills for Rescue Diver, which proved to be some of the most challenging and rewarding days of my life. We spent hours in the water getting wrinkly as grapes practicing our diver recovery skills using underwater navigation, saving panicked divers, and much more. We also received ample training on using emergency equipment on the boat.

One of the most rewarding parts of the training was when I managed to successfully pull Jason out of the pool by myself. He never did thank me for saving his life, but I’m sure he appreciated it.

Want to find out more?  Click here.

 

 

 

 

Working on the Best Dive Job 2014/15 – making it all happen

Hello everyone, things are building up so I thought I’d write a just a short piece filling in some of the behind the scenes details regarding the preparation for the Best Dive Job in the World competition 2014 /2015.

My name is Chris and I wanted to share the experience of being a part of putting this year’s competition together. As a team we looked at what we did before and this time around decided to split the project into 3 phases to build on the successes we had from previous competitions.

Phase 1 was getting it all off the drawing board and getting it all going. Phase I saw Rob Scales in the role as project manager (hi Rob!) and he worked closely with the directors of Blue Season Bali in defining the competition this year around. The structure of the competition this year is very different to previous competitions. Previously one lucky winner made it to Bali for some awesome training opportunities, all generously donated by the various sponsors. Super cool, but this year things have really moved up a gear (or 8!). The structure has changed, instead of 1 person coming we have all 8 finalists!

All of them will be receiving free training as in previous years but the difference this year is that for one lucky person their training will continue on and then they will be given, wait for it………, a full time job as an instructor at Blue Season Bali. An absolute dream job here in Bali, the Island of the Gods.

So back to the planning of it all…. Phase I was to run the online portion of the competition, reach out to potential sponsors, set up web pages, social media, set up an online competition platform, marketing so the message was out there and interest was generated and a bunch of other fine details that needed to be covered. We had people from the four corners of the globe generating media campaigns of their own and spreading the message, “the competition is on! Vote for me!” Newspaper and magazine articles, people appearing on national TV, charity drives for Project aware raising a huge amount of money, a remarkable effort which went directly towards safeguarding our precious ocean environment and so many other efforts

Moving into phase II has seen me getting more and more involved. We have out finalists and they, and I, are all full speed ahead gearing up for their arrival in late May 2015. In terms of the logistics of the event it comes down to are the busses booked? Do we have boats available? Are all the materials ready for their courses? How about accommodation, transport? All super important of course but for me the main thing has been getting to know all of them a little better as the arrival date gets closer and closer. They have all been making videos talking about their preparation and how things are going as the main event draws nearer. Why not have a look at what they have all recorded on the best dive job page? https://www.facebook.com/divejobcontest?fref=ts

And then of course phase III, arrival! The planning is in place and all, I’m sure, will run like clockwork. 42 days of full on training and competition for all of the amazing prizes on offer, including the number one prize I mentioned before of a dream job at Blue Season Bali. The level of sponsorship this year is simply amazing with so many prizes on offer! Obviously I can’t go into too much detail with the specifics but there are some amazingly cool things lined up. But in a way I know it will be more than just a competition, to me it will be a meeting of friends from across the globe who have had the opportunity to come together in one place and time and share a life changing experience. Everyone involved will be changed forever after such an experience, and when I say everyone I include myself as well. I feel so privileged to be a part of our collective journey we are calling the Best Dive Job in the World 2014 /2015

Chris

Best Dive Job 2014 / 2015 coordinator

How The Best Dive Job Changed my Life

How I WON the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 3 of 3)  How The Best Dive Job Changed my Life. Guest Post by Kenzo Kiren

Living the Dream

So here we are, almost exactly 3 years since touching down in Bali for the first time and what an exceptional 3 years it has been. After my 7 month experience that shaped the life I live today, I went on to travel South East Asia. Backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines back to Bali, then out to Japan to visit some family. At that point, my passport was out of pages and nearly expired so a quick trip back home was necessary before setting out to Australia. Once touching down in the land down under, I followed up with another unforgettable year first working on the great barrier reef doing day trips and overnight luxury liveaboards. The working experience was nothing like that of Bali but was an incredible opportunity to enhance my knowledge and experience as an instructor.

From the Great Barrier Reef to Playa Del Carmen

australiaAfter work on the Great Barrier Reef, I bought a van and road tripped down the East coast, all the way to Sydney and eventually the world famous Great Ocean Road. The sights along the way were unforgettable, both on the surface and underwater. I dove world famous sites like the Yongala wreck, Julien rock and Southwest rock, seeing a vast variation of marine life including, dolphins, seals, whales and several wicked shark encounters. The memories and experiences in Australia alone are enough to write a book, but for now I’ll keep it short and sweet. Luckily, just hours before my flight to Perth, I, along with my accomplises, were able to sell my van and, from there, I set out to my next dive job location on the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay. For the next 6 months I was working whale shark and manta ray tours. It was epic! Coral Bay will forever have a special place in my heart and I will certainly be back one day.

Eventually, my one year working visa came to the end, so I, once again, did a short stint in Japan then back home for another quick friends and family reunion. After some soul searching, spinning my globe wondering where to go next, eventually I found my way out to the mayan riviera in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I went for a 2 week vacation but had the intention and optimism that during that time I could find work. Luckily for me, 2 weeks later and just 2 days before Christmas, I was back doing what I love. I started my first ever resort job, which in many ways was totally different from my previous dive jobs but once again furthered my development and experience as a PADI instructor. Playa del Carmen is a special place where you have a bounty of reef diving, the world famous island of Cozumel and the ancient mayan fresh water cavern/cave systems know as cenotes. Although the location and dive sites are completely different from those I’ve worked in the past, one thing still remains the same… I love my life as a dive instructor.

Meet New People, Go Places and Do Things

bubble-circleSo here I am, three years since it all began. As you can imagine, this journey has taken me to places I never imagined and, in the process, I have made some life long friends from all over the world. In the PADI open water course knowledge review one question asks, “What’s the purpose of the PADI system of continuing education? The answer simply states, You meet people, go places and do things”. But really, that is the extreme shortened version of something you must experience for yourself to truly understand the extent to which it is true. Once you start a life of travel, especially in the dive industry, you become intertwined in this ever growing network and in many ways, this vast world becomes very small and connected. It seems no matter where I go, there is someone welcoming me with open arms to their home and, in many ways, I extend that same invitation to people who happen to end up where I am.

One of the most wonderful things about being an instructor is you get to live in places most people only get to go for one or two week vacations out of the year and you call that place your home. You need no reminders that you are living the dream but if you happen to forget, it won’t take long for one of your guests to say “man I wish I had your life”! I will say it’s not all fun in the sun and relaxing days in hammocks at the beach. Days start at the crack of dawn and usually end as the sun sets. Having said that, you are never lacking with incredible sunrise and sunsets. Working as an instructor, you can face numerous elements of stress and physically demanding work but once you master your ability to cope with those stresses, they will never bring you down. Whatever you may face, the tranquility underwater acts as the perfect stress relief and will always overpower what you may face. You learn to become an expert problem solver, quickly realize organization and efficiency is of the utmost importance and of course you must always take safety as the highest priority. Like any job, there are always challenges, but at the end of the day, in the diving industry, you get the satisfaction of changing peoples’ lives on a daily basis!

The people of our planet have an undeniable attraction to the ocean. The problem is, people fear the unknown and rarely take the plunge and look beneath the surface and see how beautiful it really is. The greatest satisfaction is being the person to help others conquer their fears and introduce them to a world they’ve never seen before. Everyday you have the chance to show people this incredible world, explosive with life, a world which has allowed all life on earth to thrive. I take every opportunity to leave people with the lasting impression that the ocean isn’t a place to be feared. It does require the utmost respect because it is a powerful force, but the serenity and sheer beauty is something that, if every person had the chance to explore, the world would be a much different place. Now, more than ever, the oceans need our help and, ultimately, our survival depends on it.

“if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life”

sunsetSo, moving forward on this windy road we call life, I don’t know what my exact future entails, but that’s what makes things so exciting. “The world is a book and those who do not travel, only read one page”. Although at this point I have read my fair share of pages, I am definitely not even close to finishing that book. You only get one life in this world and with all the beauty and wonder there is to explore, you really need to make the most of your time and not let the world pass you by. When traveling, no matter where you go, the experience alone, absorbing different cultures, seeing how differently people live from what you are used to is something that gains great perspective on your life, hopefully making you a more understanding, well -rounded person in the process. There is no shortage of places to explore on our ocean planet and the luxury of life as a dive instructor is that you have the freedom to do so. You know what they say: “if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life”! We all have our passions in life but rarely take the leap to pursue them. Our world is addicted to learning. In my eyes, the best way to learn is through experience. The true way to experience is to travel. So get out there and do it!

 Missed the Previous Posts in this Series?

Part 1 – How I WON the Best Dive Job by Kenzo Kiren

Part 2 – Winning the Best Dive Job 2010

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

The Best Dive Job in the World Contest is Now Open

Eight Candidates will Soon Take on the Adventure of a Lifetime in Beautiful Bali.

The Best Dive Job in the World is Back! Are you ready to take on the PADI GoPRO Challenge?

Blue Season Bali is hosting the third edition of  “The Best Dive Job in the World“, an international professional training contest offering amazing opportunities for eight dive enthusiasts.

To enter, participants must submit a 90 seconds or less video answering the question: “Why do I want to become a PADI professional scuba instructor and win the Best Dive Job in the World?” and post it on the contest website.

The competition is open until October 31st, 2014 @ 11:50 PM (SGT).

Eight (8) candidates will be selected by November 30th, 2014. They will be invited to travel to Bali in May 2015 to compete for the Grand Prize while taking on a challenging six-week-training program to become certified PADI Divemasters. During the last week, they will face the final elimination round. One by one they will be eliminated until the final winner is revealed. Ultimately, ONE Winner will take the Grand Prize, which includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, standard accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqua Lung gear, a Suunto D6 dive computer, a waterproof Intova HD camera, all the learning material needed to succeed, examination and registration fees, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali.

“If you’re dreaming of becoming a scuba instructor! This is an amazing opportunity to take on the PADI GoPRO challenge and WIN The Best Dive Job!” said Robert Scales, PADI Master Instructor.

PADI, Aqua Lung, and Suunto are just a few of the partners and sponsors. This year the ‘Best Dive Job’ in the world is giving away prize packages worth more than $100,000USD including eight (8) all inclusive PADI Divemaster Internships, one (1) PADI IDC + MSDT Internship, a full-time work contract at Blue Season Bali, two (2) internships: Work experience program with Waow Cruises and Abyssworld, a complete set of Aqua Lung dive gear, several Suunto dive computers, helicopter tours, various land activities, hotel stays, and a trip for 4 to the Komodo National Park with Wunderpus Diving.

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About Blue Season Bali

Blue Season Bali is the premier dive center in Bali. They offer services ranging from Discover Scuba Diving experience to PADI Instructor Development Course and GoPRO internships. If your looking for top quality scuba diving services, you have found your solution with Bali’s top-rated five-star PADI Career Development Centre.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates by November 30th, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

How to win the Best Dive Job (Part 4 of 4)

Now that your video is submitted, you have to promote yourself and gather support for your entry!

How to promote yourself?

From August 1st 2014 and until October 31st 2014, people can support their favourite candidates and vote for them!

Once you have submitted you video, you’re expected to promote your entry to gain supporters and votes. Although public votes is just one factor in our final decision, winning the confidence of the judges will certainly help you secure an invitation to compete for the Best Dive Job! Remember that we expect to see your abilities with blogging, social media and marketing.

There are a number of things you can do to promote yourself  and WIN the Best Dive Job in the World 2014 competition.

Build Your Social Media Campaign

To start you can do the following:

– Cross-Post your entry on our Facebook Page.
– Invite all your friends to like your contest entry.
– Send tweets about your entry and the competition on Twitter..
– Invite all your friends to look at our contest website.
– Invite your friends to like our video on youtube.

You may also choose to create your own Facebook pages or web pages; we are happy to see any efforts that you can take in order to promote your entry in the competition.

“Campaigning for the Best Dive Job was a lot of work but it was also fun.  I got to think of creative ways to get myself noticed, to show Blue Season Bali my personality, and to get Blue Season Bali’s name out in the world.  I think that the most important factor in this competition is to find your own niche.  To promote both yourself and Blue Season Bali in a way that allows your personality to shine through.” – Marlies Tumolo, winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Here’s a few blogging tips:

Build a successful content strategy

  • Choose the right platforms
  • Define your goals (define your goals from the start, set up short, medium and long term goals, design and market your blog with these goals in mind)
  • Schedule ahead (plan your posts ahead, create a writing schedule, promote your posts at different time)

Content is king

  • Blogs are a great way to express yourself, connect with others who share your passions and share information. An original content is the key to the success of your project.
  • A picture is worth 1000 words : add pictures, videos, podcasts, create multimedia content or visual elements to your post
  • Understanding the importance of Post titles, headers and sub-headers is crucial for getting your content indexed (use headers, SEO, categories, keywords…)

Be consistent
Your blog is your personal brand and should be consistent with who you are. Be authentic and blog like if you have a conversation with your readers. Your consistency will be rewarded with readers loyalty.

Be persistent
Update frequently and keep users interested by posting new content that is meaningful to your readers.

Be inviting
Blogging is about creating social impact and engagement.

Be visible
There is more than creating compelling content to attract readers to your blog, you need to work outside of your blog to promote and develop the community. Use other networks to link back to your blog posts (cross post them to your facebook page for instance).

Comment and engage
It is really important to engage with your readers. You can also comment on other candidates blogs and social media. You should lead by example.

Grow your audience
Build your network and share with other like minded individuals and groups.

Blogging 101 – How to build and manage a successful content website

A Word of Wisdom from Past Winning Candidates

Use all the tools at your disposition to help you gain momentum, promote your entry, grow your fan-base and your audience. Remember that the competition is open for 3 months. Submitting your entry early will give you an advantage ONLY if you work hard, maintain your campaign and engage with your supporters. – Kenzo Kiren – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the world 2010.

We also encourage you to make follow up videos, write blog posts, share your experiences and adventures on social networks and to keep in touch with our team.

Well, that’s it! We’ve given you all of our best advices to help you WIN The Best Dive Job in the world Contest 2014 edition…. Now it’s up to you to show us what you’ve got!

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

How to win the Best Dive Job (Part 3 of 4)

How to ENTER the Best Dive Job Contest

Now that you have made an amazing video, you need to submit it to enter the contest!
Don’t worry, it’s a simple process! In just a few steps you will become an official Best Dive Job contestant.

So, here’s the steps you’ll need to follow to submit your video:

Step 1: Go on the contest website http://contest.bestdivejob.com/

OR click on « submit » from our main website

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BestDiveJob.com

Step 2: Then you will be required to submit your video 
There are two ways of submitting your video :

a) You can upload your video directly to our contest platform.
OR
b) Upload your video to Youtube and link your account and your video to our contest platform.

Remember that your video must be 90 seconds or less! Also the contest platform only accept video file up to a maximum of 500MB, that said  you should optimize your video size to facilitate access for people with low speed internet connectivity.

From August 1st 2014 to October 31st 2014, we encourage you to rally all the support you can get to promote your candidacy by encouraging your friends and family to vote for their favourite video – YOURS!

Public vote is one of the factors we will use to judge your entry and make our final selections. Don’t miss the next post on “how to promote yourself”.

Step 3: Below the video uploader is the Contest Entry form with Questions for you to answer.
Questions include: Name, date of birth, gender, email, address, telephone, certification level, certification agency, number of dives, and some information about yourself to help the judge get a better sense of who you are.

Step 4: You are now just one click away from ENTERING the Best Dive Job in the world 2014 contest!

PRESS <Submit>

Once submitted, your video entry will be sent to moderation to ensure it meets our rules –http://contest.bestdivejob.com/rules. If your submission is refused, you will receive an email explaining why (it may be because it contains violence, scenes, nudity or illicit language… Or because you used copyrighted material!)

Remember that this contest is intended for recreational divers wanting to become professional divers!

Don’t miss the next article in this series

How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 4)
We will talk about the contest submission process.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

The Best Dive Job in the world Contest 2014 Launch Video

Are you ready for this?

WATCH The Best Dive Job in the world Contest 2014 Launch Video!

You can submit your entry starting August 1st 2014 on the contest website http://contest.bestdivejob.com/

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Don’t miss the next article in this series

How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 3)
We will talk about the contest submission process.

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

GoPRO with Blue Season Bali

Are you dreaming of becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor and working in paradise?

Perhaps you would like to take a look and see what it’s like to do your GoPRO internship with Blue Season Bali!

Are you ready to take on the PADI GoPRO challenge in beautiful Bali, Indonesia?

What are you waiting for ?

You can WIN The Best Dive Job in the world contest!

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

Winning the Best Dive Job 2010

How I WON the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 2 of 3)  A reflection of my time with Blue Season Bali. Guest Post by Kenzo Kiren

A new beginning

314279_10150354963595930_7418869_nWhen looking back on my time in Bali, still to this day, I am overtaken with emotion. The anticipation and buildup was so incredibly exciting and, not for one moment during my stay, was this ever anticlimactic.

From day one, I was absorbed into the Blue Season Bali family with open arms. Of course my circumstances were special, but BSB was really a place that, the moment you arrived, you became part of the team and everyone contributed to make the experience special. I arrived with only an open water certification and 20 dives. I was a baby in the diving world but as soon as my training began, I quickly moved up the ladder, enhancing my diving abilities, feeding off the wealth of information the BSB instructors had to offer. I started with my advanced course, EFR and rescue and as my collection of PADI certification cards grew, my love for diving exploded along with it.

Marine Diversity, diving in Paradise!

The variation of diving in Bali is so vast, no matter what excursion you set off to each morning, you knew it would be another amazing day under the sea. Whether it was out to Tulamben’s world famous USAT liberty wreck, Amed, Padang Bai, out west to Menjangen or over to the island of Nusa Penida in search of Mola Mola and manta rays, you really could not go wrong.

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To this day, whenever people ask me where the best place I have ever dove, my answer is always Bali. It’s a place where, on every dive, you can see forms of life you’ve never seen before and at the end of each and every dive, you have enough content to create a fish ID booklet. Up until the very last dive of my 7 month stay, I was still discovering things I’d never seen before. I will admit however, a large portion of those discoveries came from the incredible underwater eyes of the Indonesian guides. People often tell me I have a great eye at finding things underwater and I’ve always attributed that to watching and learning from the expert guides I dove within Bali. 

Taking on the PADI GoPRO Challenge heads on!

387885_10150590089190930_980571173_nAs my time and training progressed, things just kept getting better and better. My experience underwater grew exponentially and I eventually started with my divemaster course,taking on a more professional role in the PADI system. I took part in my DM training alongside Priscilla Ong, fellow BDJ winner as well as a group of individuals from all over the world, who shared a similar passion for travel and, of course, diving. During the following months we did all kinds of training workshops, mapping projects, beach clean ups and conservation projects, taking customers on guided dives all over the island and many, many pool skill circuits, becoming expert demonstrators. The DM program in its entirety was extremely rewarding because we were all able to grow at our own pace in our individual styles while, in the meantime, also forming a special bond. Although we were far from home, we all shared the feeling that we were a part of a new little family in our current home away from home. We spent our days training side by side, eating dinners together at the night market and exploring the island on our days off. I am still in contact with many of them to this day and there has been some epic reunions along the way!

Overall, the program, direction and guidance I received from our divemaster instructor was undoubtably an instrumental part of my growth, which has made my work as a professional interesting, rewarding and constantly improving ever since. The growing process of the program was catered to each individual based on their time frame, but collectively, we all came out with the utmost confidence and professionalism. The divemaster course was nothing short of fantastic and one I recommend to all. Sometimes I wish I could go back and do it all over again! 

PADI IDC Training with Blue Season Bali

Finally, I was ready to move on to what I set out and came here to do. Become a PADI dive instructor! I joined alongside six other motivated individuals for the December Instructor Development Course. Up to that point BSB had a prefect 100% success rate on the year. No pressure. I will admit I was a little nervous but from day one of that first orientation our world class IDC team of platinum and gold status course directors set us clear with our objectives and guided us on the path we needed to achieve them.

IMG_5731-300x225The days were jam packed full of theory, pool and ocean workshops but the structure and feedback we received made the learning process not only attainable but extremely enjoyable as well. For me, the verbal presentations and underwater instruction came more naturally but the theory was something I had to put extra emphasis on.

Their is a very slim margin of pass or fail during the Instructor exam theory and standards exams so I spent long hours after days at the centre to make sure my knowledge of theory was on point. As a group and individually, every day we grew and ultimately we built the necessary blocks so that when we set off for our instructor exams we were full of optimism and confidence.

The PADI Instructor Exams… It’s Easy

399470_10150590065120930_1823407817_nAfter some final last words of advice from our course directors and IDC staff we entered a room full of potential future instructors to write our theory and standards exams. You could feel the tension in the classroom. Thankfully, we all passed and a temporary sigh of relief set in as we looked onwards to day two. The following day was knowledge development presentations and pool skill presentations. We were well prepared and passed with flying colours. Finally, we arrived at graduation day for the ocean presentations and demonstration of rescue exercise 7.

As I performed that final rescue breath the confirmation set in that I had finally done it.I was now a PADI instructor! Moments later it was made official when all us IDC candidates received our papers with smiles from ear to ear, jumping for joy.

Becoming a Dive Instructor

The feeling of achievement was overwhelming. Living up to everything I had worked so hard for and accomplishing the goal that so many people believed I could achieve was an incredibly fulfilling feeling.

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That night over a ‘couple’ celebratory drinks the realization was starting to set in that from this moment onwards my life would never be the same! I was now a certified PADI instructor and the next chapter of my journey in Bali could begin.

I was ready to teach!

Don’t miss the next article from Kenzo

Part 2 – How The Best Dive Job Changed my Life (Part 3)

Missed the Previous Posts in this Series?

Part 1 – How I WON the Best Dive Job by Kenzo Kiren

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Don’t miss the next article from Kenzo

How I won the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 3) How the Best Dive Job in the world change my life forever

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

How to win the Best Dive Job (Part 2 of 4)

Now that you’ve decided to achieve your goals and WIN the Best Dive Job 2014 contest, it’s time to get to work filming and editing your amazing video. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker or video editor to submit a great entry. Remember we want to see your passion!

How to create a winning video entry!

Once you have shot and gathered your various creative footage, B roll, pictures, and music… Your first step will be to choose the right video editing software (if you don’t already use one)…

Several options are available to you.

If you’re a PC user:

  • Windows Movie Maker – If you’re under Windows, this software is probably already installed on your computer. Otherwise, you can download it for free. Although very basic, it is ideal for beginners and it should enable you to make simple edits.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – Adobe Premiere Pro is mainly intended for professionals, it is extremely complete and offers the most flexibility. It is very fast, but because of its complexity this software is rather for experienced filmmakers …
  • Adobe Premiere Elements – This is a light version of Adobe Premiere Pro. This is a good compromise if you want to go further than Movie Maker, but you do not want to get into a professional software like Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Sony Movie Studio – This is a good alternative to Adobe Premiere Elements. This software is more complete  than Adobe Premiere Elements, but has the disadvantage of being more difficult to handle.

If you’re a Mac user:

  • Adobe Suite is Mac compatible so Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements are also available options to you.
  • iMovie – iMovie is the basic editing software for Mac users. It is often pre-installed on your computer. Unlike Movie Maker, it is much more usable and suitable for most beginners and amateur videographers.
  • Final Cut Pro – Final Cut Pro is somewhat equivalent to Adobe Premiere Pro. The latest version is more intuitive and easier to handle. This software should be suitable for intermediate level videographers.

Basic editing tips

Cuts

First, having a script will make both shooting and editing easier for you, so take the time to write  your scenario before starting your video. Then, do not hesitate to select the best clip from different takes / from different angles, rather than choosing a single static shot, but beware of jump cuts. Finally, to prevent losing your audience to boredom, try to pace yourself! You have maximum 90 seconds to show us who you are, use them seconds wisely!

Images

Light can be really important for your video, if you can light your scene as best you can (use sunlight when it is possible). If you need it, color correction can salvage dark or poorly white balanced shots. There are plenty of tips on the web to help you fix this. Your shots will look better if they’re not shaking, so use a camera stabilizer (tripods…) or use the stabilization effect or slow motion to smooth a shaky shot. Generally speaking, there are many video filters which allow you to correct visual mistakes or give nice effects, use them to your advantage!

Sound

You want to have a clean audio. Applying a noise-reducing filter can salvage noisy or quiet audio. If it is still not good enough, you can re-record dialogue and replace it on your video. Although, to get a satisfactory result, this is a long and meticulous process. Using music can be a great idea: this can really add value to your video, especially if it is well used and well suited to your footage.

You need to make sure that you only use footage, music and content that you own or are allowed to use. If not, we reserve the right to refuse your submission.

Need inspiration?

Watch the entry video of Priscilla, the second place winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2010-11

Although this video is very simple and has a low production value. Priscilla managed to share her passion for travel and adventure, plus she showcase her extra skills with social media and photography. We also get a sense of who she is, and her sense of humour.

Keep in mind that this year, the entry format and the question to answer have changed. We focus on your ability to use social media and marketing to promote yourself and your entry.

Don’t miss the next article in this series

How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 3)
We will talk about the contest submission process.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

How I WON the Best Dive Job by Kenzo Kiren

How I WON the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 1 of 3)
Guest Post by Kenzo Kiren

Before diving into the question of how I won the best dive job in the world contest, it would be worth it to know, how I came across the life changing contest in the first place…

Dreaming of something better

It all started after returning home from a vacation where I did some diving in the caribbean. Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. I was already open water certified, having done my course in the chilly waters of Vancouver BC, but I had never experienced diving the vibrant, crystal clear, warm waters like that of the Caribbean. 

kenzo1Needless to say, after those diving experiences, I was forever hooked. I arrived back home to my life as a cook and struggling student trying to make it in this world but eventually the burning desire built up triggering me to open my computer in search for a way to unlock this new life I was seeking. I needed to make the ocean my office.

I did one simple google search ‘diving jobs’ and the first link that came up was Blue Season Bali’s Best Dive Job in the World Contest. Writing about it now, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. As I read the contest description and application process, I told myself “this contest was made for me and I am going to win”! That night I didn’t sleep and the following day I started my campaign. 

The first step in winning is submitting an entry!

The contest submission asked for either a 500 word write up with photos or a one minute video telling the world why you want to change your life and become a PADI dive instructor. I started with the write up (Contest Submission – Kenzo Kiren), explaining just that.

But don’t stop there…

Shortly after, I decided I’d strengthen my submission with another video.  I figured, why not? When opportunities like this arise, you have to put everything on the table, so at the very least, when all the smoke settles, you can say you did everything in your power and walk away with no regrets. At that point, little did I know, that was only the beginning… 

Promote yourself and rally supporters and voters

In the following weeks I created a Facebook group titled “Quest to Bali…Freedom“, I went full force with the blog which was set up on the Best Dive Job webpage and, needless to say, I made it so every time people logged on to Facebook they would see my post and thus feel inclined to help make my dream come true. 

photoThe contest became a part of my life because I knew if I worked hard enough at it, my life would change as a result. I reached out to friends, family, co-workers and fellow classmates because they were the people who knew me best. Whether it was through online communications or personal interactions, I felt people could really get the sense of just how badly I wanted to change my life as well as how optimistic I was with my chances. I said it before and I’ll say it again, from the moment I read about the contest, I had this empowering feeling that this was the opportunity that would change my life. I truly did believe I had just as good a chance as any to take the cake and I think it was this confidence that transpired to the people in my life, thus giving me wave after wave of support and the encouragement I needed to continue to believe in myself. To all of those people, I am forever grateful.

As the contest progressed, I contacted local newspapers to try and get some publicity (although they never did a story until I actually won), I was constantly eyeing the competition to fuel my drive and continue the pursuit. I followed up with a second video trying to showcase my character, sense of humour and passion for the ocean.

The final stretch

Blue Season Bali then released a shortlist, giving us a chance to answer some questions as sort of an online interview. Having received those questions was a pretty good indication I was still in the race, so I decided to make another video. This one included the song “Eye of the Tiger” and had me training in the snow in Canada. 

Looking back now, the production value wasn’t the greatest but I had a blast making all the videos and I hope they were as fun for viewers to watch as they were for me to make. 

In the home stretch, I was named one of the finalists, which made things even more nerve-wracking. To come this far and not win would be a devastation but, like I’ve always believed, positivity conquers all so that is the path I followed. I made one final video (below) encompassing everything I had promoted for myself in the competition and, most importantly, my undeniable desire to become a PADI dive instructor. 

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Finally, all I could do was wait… I will never forget the night I got the call from my girlfriend at that time. I heard those life changing words, “Kenzo you won!” From that moment, my life was forever changed and I could not even imagine the experiences that awaited me… 

The rest is history!

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Don’t miss the next article from Kenzo

How I won the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 2)
A reflection on my time in Bali and my training with Blue Season Bali

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via emailrobert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

How to win the Best Dive Job (Part 1 of 4)

So, you’re thinking about submitting a video application to WIN The Best Dive Job in the World contest! What are you waiting for?

What do we expect from your submissions?

First, let’s talk about the content of your video entries.

bestdivejob_13Here are some tips

Be Yourself – We need to see who you are, what motivated you to enter the Best Dive Job in the world contest. Your submission video is meant to help us to get to know you. Make sure that you answer clearly the question “Why do I want to become a PADI professional diving instructor and win the Best Dive Job in the World“.

Be Creative – Surprise us with your entries, either with the beautiful content of your video or with your amazing editing skills. More importantly, we want to see your creative personality on camera and how well you present yourself. Remember your video must be 90 seconds or less.

Make sure to check out our upcoming article: How to win the Best Dive Job in the world – Part 2 on video production and editing.

Be Adventurous – Participants are encouraged to demonstrate their keen sense of adventure, dive and travel experiences, and their expertise with social networks, marketing, photography and videography. So, if you have any diving footage, travel photos or souvenirs from your various adventures, mix it in and share with us. Also, feel free to brag about your online presence and social media mojo.

Need inspiration?

Watch the entry video of Kenzo, the winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2010!

Although these are just suggestions, it is really up to you to show us what you got!

Now that you know what we expect from you and your submission video, it’s time to get to work!

You can submit your video entry until October 31, 2014 on our website:   http://contest.bestdivejob.com/submit/submit

Don’t miss the next article in this series

How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 2)
We will talk about creating compelling video entries.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

WIN the Adventure of a Lifetime in Beautiful Bali

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The Best Dive Job in the World is Back!

Bali, Indonesia – Blue Season Bali will host the third edition of “The Best Dive Job in the World”, an international contest offering amazing opportunities to dive enthusiasts.

To win, participants must submit a 90 seconds or less video answering the question: “Why do I want to become a PADI professional diving instructor and win the Best Dive Job in the World “on the contest website: http://contest.bestdivejob.com/. The competition is open from August 1 to October 31, 2014.

footer-logoEight (8) candidates will be selected in November 2014 to come to Bali in late May 2015 to compete for the first prize while completing a six-week training program allowing them to become certified PADI Divemasters. Candidates will then be eliminated one by one until the discovery of the winner. The winning package includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, plus free accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqualung gear, all the learning material needed to succeed, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali.

“The Best Dive Job is an incredible opportunity for eight candidates to experience world-class diving while training to becoming PADI professional divers.” – Robert Scales, Manager of the Best Dive Job.

PADI, Aqualung, and Suunto are just a few of the partners and sponsors. This year the Best Dive Job in the world is giving away prize packages worth in excess of $100,000USD including eight (8) PADI Divemaster internships, one (1) full-time work contract at Blue Season Bali, two (2) internships: Work experience program with Waow Cruises and Abyssworld, a complete set of Aqualung dive gear, several Suunto dive computers, helicopter tours, various land activities, hotel stays, and a trip for 4 to the Komodo National Park with Wunderpus Diving.

Blue Season Bali is the premier dive centre in Bali. Offering services ranging from Discover Scuba Diving experience to PADI Instructor Development Course and internships. If you want top quality scuba diving services, you have found your solution with Bali’s top-rated five-star PADI Career Development Centre.

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For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world, please contact Robert Scales by phone +62 821 45855934 or email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

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Platinum Sponsors – Abyssworld

We are happy to welcome Abyssworld as a Platinum Sponsors

Abyssworld is the Official Safari Expeditions Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

Abbyssworld has agreed to provide one (1) Divemaster Apprenticeship to the second runner up, a Bali Nomad Safari for 2 qualifying candidates, and the use of their boat during the candidates’ training program.

Official Partner – Safari Expeditions: Abyssworld.

The team at Abyssworld is made up of professionals from both the scuba diving and travel sectors. We are all driven by the same passion: organize and manage our own voyages, and accompany your introduction into the fragile beauty of our Oceans. This concept of our guided scuba voyages has a proven track record of over 20 years.

 

For more information about Abyssworld or to view their amazing Safari, visit their website: http://www.abyssworld.com/diving/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsors – Waow

We are happy to welcome Waow as a Platinum Sponsors

Waow is the Official Dive Charters Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

They agreed to provide us with One (1) Divemaser internship onboard WAOW. This includes paid return flights from Bali for one person. The winner will work as part of our dive team serving our 5 star customers and learning what it takes to manage diving operations on a high end liveaboard. A reference letter will be provided at the end of the internship.

Official Partner – Diving charters: Waow.

Waow, meaning “Water Adventure Ocean Wide” is a 58 metre three masted sailing vessel, constructed entirely from iron wood using traditional methods, evoking the southern seas, liberty, adventure, comfort, quality and style. All to be shared by those going to sea on her. Indonesian itineraries include Komodo, Alor, Ambon, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Halmahera.

 

For more information about Waow or to view their amazing boat, visit their website:  http://www.waowcharters.com/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsor – Suunto

We are happy to welcome our new Platinum Sponsor: Suunto

Suunto is the Official Equipment Manufacturer Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

Suunto has agreed to provide the contestants of the Best Dive Job in the world contest with wrist compasses and provide several dive computers for our various challenges and prize for the winner.

Suunto’ support is a welcome addition to this year’s prize package. We would not be able to offer the same opportunity to our candidates without their generous contribution and participation.

Official Equipment Manufacturer Partner: Suunto.

Suunto is a company that manufactures and markets sports watches, dive computers and precision instruments. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 400 people worldwide, and its products are sold in over 100 countries.

For more information on Suunto or to view their various products, visit Suunto’s website: http://suunto.com

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsor – Wunderpus

We are happy to welcome Wunderpus as a Platinum Sponsors

Wunderpus is the Official Komodo Liveaboard Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

Wunderpus has agreed to provide the candidates of the Best Dive Job in the world contest with an “all-inclusive Komodo National Park adventure” on their luxury liveaboard.

Official Komodo Liveaboard Partner: Wunderpus.

Wunderpus is a traditionally built Phinisi style liveaboard offering scheduled trips and private charters in the Komodo area. We pride ourselves on offering a high level of comfort and a more personal service to our guests. Come and join us for an adventure you will never forget !

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For more information about Wunderpus or to view their amazing boat, visit them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wunderpusdiving

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsor – Aqualung

We are happy to welcome our new Platinum Sponsor: Aqualung

Aqualung is the Official Equipment Manufacturer Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

Aqualung has agreed to provide the winner of the Best Dive Job in the world contest with a complete set of scuba diving equipment which includes: One mask and snorkel, a set of fins, a 5mm wetsuit, a BCD, a regulator set, complete with a gear bag, and other accessories.

Aqualung’ support has been an integral part of the success of our previous two Best Dive Job in the world contest. We would not be able to offer the same opportunity to our candidates without their generous contribution and participation.

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Official Equipment Manufacturer Partner: Aqualung.

Aqua Lung is the name that first introduced the world to Scuba diving more than 60 years ago when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan developed the first “Aqua-Lung.” The excitement and adventurous spirit of that first dive continues today and is reflected in Aqua Lung’s dedication to quality and innovation in the manufacturing of the world’s best professional and recreational scuba diving equipment.

For more information on Aqualung or to view their various products, visit Aqualung’s website: http://www.aqualung.com/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsor – PADI

We are happy to welcome our new Platinum Sponsor: PADI

PADI is the Official Training Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

PADI has agreed to extend their support for the 3rd instalment of the Best Dive Job in the world contest.

PADI’ support has been an integral part of the success of our previous two Best Dive Job in the world contest. We would not be able to offer the same opportunity to our candidates without their generous contribution and participation.

Official Partner for Training: PADI Worldwide.

PADI, the Professional Association of Scuba Instructors is a global organization that governs the education and safety all over 70% of the global scuba diving industry. We are proud to have such a prestige partner supporting the Best Dive Job in the World.

For more information on PADI visit their website: http://www.PADI.com/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

World Ocean Day PADI IDC Promo

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In the spirit of World Ocean Day and OUR upcoming The Best Dive Job in the World contest. We have a special ONE time offer for you!

SIGN UP FOR OUR SPECIAL PADI IDC – ONLY USD $554

For more info on the upcoming July 2014 Special IDC Package, click on the link below:
http://www.idc-bali-internships.com/special_offer_2014

Are you ready to take the GoPRO Challenge

PADI GoPRO Bali IDC – Become a scuba instructor on the island of the gods.

Check out our IDC Bali Internship promo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcyEjdtePlE

 

Best Dive Job is coming back

Best Dive Job in the World 2014


Bali, Indonesia – June 1st 2014

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Blue Season Bali wants 8 contestants to join them in Bali for a chance to win their dream job!

The “Best Dive Job” initiative is part of a major international marketing push which will focus upon promoting tourism opportunities in Indonesia and scuba diving opportunities provided by Blue Season Bali’s internship programs.

The ‘Best Dive Jobs in the World’ come with an attractive full-time employment and prize package worth $25,000 including training, equipment, and cost of living.

Each year PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructor) train over 1 million divers worldwide. Thoulsands of these divers are training to become professional dive guides and instructors. On average, youth travellers spend more than $3,500 in training and living costs over the course of their 2 months program to become a divemaster.

“The competition provides an excellent platform to entice more young people from around the world to become divers while on holiday, but also to before professional divers and find work, helping to fill many unfilled jobs across the globe, a key challenge for the industry.” – PADI Asia Pacific

“A few years ago I won “The Best Dive Job” – becoming a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor in Bali. Unfortunately for me, my time is up. But luckily for aspiring professional divers ‘The Best Dive Job’ is back. This time there’s not one, but 8 lucky candidates who will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime.” – Kenzo Kiren, Winner of the Best Dive Job 2010

Full story

Blue Season Bali is teaming up with industry and tourism partners in a new $50,000 campaign targeting the international youth market – a segment which last year contributed nearly 250 million dollar in tourism spending and a quarter of all Bali’s visitors.

At the heart of the campaign is a global competition which will unable 8 participants to compete while training to become certified PADI divemasters. The winner will receive further training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a one year paid work contract with Blue Season Bali.

The competition will open on August 1, 2014 and will be hosted by Blue Season Bali in Sanur, Bali, one of the country’s most popular destinations amongst travellers.

The “Best Dive Jobs initiative is part of a major international marketing push which will focus upon promoting Indonesia’ pristine dive sites and marine life as seen by Blue Season Bali and its partners such as PADI, and other industry leaders.

The campaign will target aspiring professional divers 18 years of age and above with a particular focus on international markets including Australia, UK and Ireland, the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

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The 8 winning candidates of the ‘Best Dive Job’ will each receive an attractive six week training package to become certified PADI Divemasters worth $5,000 including living costs.

Ultimately ONE lucky candidate will WIN the grand prize: A package which includes all training necessary to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer – free accommodation while in training, full set of equipment, teaching materials …and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali upon completion of the training program.

Blue Season Bali’s Director, Jon Cross said the competition provided an excellent platform to entice more young people from around the world to come to Bali to train and become professional divers.

“We’ve taken one of the most successful scuba diving contest in recent times – “Best Dive Job” – and made it bigger and better by coming up with a competition which represents the very best of our industry – our breath-taking scenery, our unique nature and wildlife, great food and, of course, our huge sense of Adventure,” Mr Cross said.

Kenzo Kiren added “Winning the best dive job has given me the skills and know-how to become a successful scuba diving instructor while traveling around the world”.

Mr Cross said the competition was expected to appeal to youth travellers’ sense of fun and adventure. “The youth market contributes more than a quarter of all Indonesia’s international arrivals. These are visitors who tend to stay longer, disperse widely and often come back again, with their families, later in their lives.”

The youth segment contributes more than $250 million annually in total tourism spending and delivers nearly 1.2 million (26%) of Bali’s international arrivals. On average, youth travellers spend $4,579 per trip in Indonesia .

Blue Season Bali has secured a number of key partners to support the campaign, including PADI, and other international and local partners.

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How to Enter the competition? 

Starting on August 1st 2014 until October 31st 2014, participants will have the opportunity to submit their video entries via our contest platform: Contest.BestDiveJob.com

Submissions will be no longer than 90 seconds video submitted on the theme of ‘Why I want to be a professional PADI dive instructor and WIN the Best Dive Job in the World. Participants are encouraged to demonstrate their keen sense of adventure, dive and travel experience, and their expertise with social media, marketing, photography and videography.

Once they have submitted their video, contestants will be expected to promote their entries to gain supporters and votes. Although public votes will be an important factor in the final decision, winning the confidence of the judges will certainly help in securing an invitation to compete for the Best Dive Job!

Contact us

For further details of the competition visit Blue Season Bali’s Best Dive Job www.BestDiveJob.com or email Best Dive Job Producer & Manager Robert Scales robert@blueseasonbali.com

Joe Zeiler in the house!

Hi BDJ fans,

If you have been following Joe Zeiler – Best Dive Job 2012 runner-up’s story you will also be rooting and cheering for this Canadian lass…She’s had a really rough last few months but her wait is finally over!

Intern managers Henley & Mike have been busy getting Joe  “geared-up” so to speak, She now sports the brand new Legend LX Twilight series AquaLung Regulator, and with a wetsuit to match :)

Make sure you check out Joe’s BDJ winners blog about her adventures at Blue Season, and all the great stories that are part of life as a Divemaster in Bali!

JN

 

 

 

Best Dive Job 2012 runner up – Joe Zeiler in the house

Hi BDJ fans,

If you have been following Joe Zeiler – Best Dive Job 2012 runner-up’s story you will also be rooting and cheering for this Canadian lass…She’s had a really rough last few months but her wait is finally over!

Intern managers Henley & Mike have been busy getting Joe  “geared-up” so to speak, She now sports the brand new Legend LX Twilight series AquaLung Regulator, and with a wetsuit to match :)

Make sure you check out Joe’s BDJ winners blog about her adventures at Blue Season, and all the great stories that are part of life as a Divemaster in Bali!

JN

Friends friends and more friends!

It seems to be the season for travel!  I am one lucky girl and have had lots of people come to visit me in Bali.  Most recently my best friend/former housemate from Thailand.  Alex is living in Cambodia and got some time off work to visit me in Bali.  It was a short trip, only 4 days,  but we had a blast!  We spent most of our time lounging on the beach and going out in Kuta.  Now to recover, hehe.

Ladies day in Ulu Watu.

Ladies day in Ulu Watu.

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Me and Alex

Fun Family Time

Me and the Family in Menjangan

Me and the Family in Menjangan

Well,  the family has come and gone.  My parents and my brother were in Bali for about 2 weeks.  We had a blast!  I got to teach my family how to dive and show them all my favorite sites in Bali.  We also got to spend 4 beautiful days up at the Menjangan Resort in northwestern Bali.  I also brought them to southern and central Bali to visit Uluwatu and Ubud.  It was a great trip and so nice to have everyone around.  I can’t wait to see them again at Christmas!

On the road to Ubud.

On the road to Ubud.

The Tumolo Family Comes to Bali

The countdown has begun!

Guess what?  The whole family is coming to Bali!! My parents and brother decided to come out for Thanksgiving.  They will be arriving in Bali on November 12th and I could be more excited!  Not only will I get to show them Bali and my life here, but I get to teach them to dive, yippeee!!!  More updates soon :)

The Tumolo Family

Look out Bali, here they come!

Gas Blender Certified!

My first TecRec Specialty!

Look out Nitrox divers, I am officially a Gas Blender!  Blue Season Bali was nice enough to give me the chance to do my Gas Blender specialty.  This means that I am now certified and trained to fill Enriched Air tanks.  I also learned a lot more about compressors and how they work.  I had multiple compressor workshops with the two compressors that we have at Blue Season.  I learned about all the safety procedures required when working with oxygen.  I also learned the formulas for blending specific gas blends.  I feel like a more aware diver now that I understand how the air is compressed and put in my cylinders and how to blend different mixes.

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Nitrox tanks waiting to be filled.

Happy Days: Old Friends Come to Bali

It is that time of year, school vacation in Thailand.  That means that quite a few of my friends have had time off.  And where did they choose to spend their holidays you ask?  Why Bali of course!  It has been a busy couple of weeks, hence the absence from the blog.  I have had 8 different friends from Thailand come over to Bali and spend a few days with me :)  We spent some time traveling around to all the beautiful beaches.  We also danced some nights away in Kuta.  The highlight of the visits?  Teaching the beautiful Leah her open water course!  It was such an amazing expierence to show my friends what my life here is like.

 

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Me and Leah on her visit to Bali.

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On the way to Kuta for a night of dancing!

Scuba Radio Interview

Hey everybody!

I was lucky enough to do another interview with Greg the Divemaster on Scuba Radio.  For those of you who don’t know Scuba Radio is a show for scuba enthusiasts that broadcasts out of Orlando, FL every Saturday from 3-5 pm EST.  The show is great and covers some really interesting stuff like new scuba technology, different dive destinations, and other interesting dive stories.  Greg’s a great guy and very entertaining to listen to!  I went on the show last week and talked a bit about my experience in Bali and what it is like to be the winner of the best dive job in the world.  Check out the show!

http://www.scubaradio.com/audio/9-29-12/SR_9-29-12_HOUR1.mp3

Open Water Course Day 1

Guess what?  I have my first open water students today!  Marcel and I will be team teaching with the help of Charlie.  I am so excited to put everything I have learned into action!  Check back later for some more updates :)

Marlies Tumolo: Certified PADI Instructor!

Guess what guys?  I finally made it!  I am now a certified PADI scuba diving instructor :) It was a long road and there are many thanks to be given so here it goes!

So happy!!

So happy!!

First of all I would like to thank my parents, my brother, and the rest of my family for always believing in me and pushing me to reach for my dreams.  Without them who knows if I would have had the courage or confidence to go for something like this.  No matter what crazy scheme I come up with you guys are always 100% behind me.  Thanks so much for always being there.  I love you guys!

Next I need to give a huge thanks to Blue Season Bali.  Thank you John and Tom for putting all your hard work into the Best Dive Job in the World.  This truly has been a life changing!   Thank you to Aqua Lung for providing me with a fantastic diving equipment package.  This equipment is so great that I actually feel like it is a part of me when I dive, how cool is that?  I also need to give a never ending thank you to Henley Spiers (my divemaster mentor) for always taking the time to teach me and explain any questions I had.  I have become a great diver and instructor because of your teaching.  Also a big thanks to Stefan Schneider for teaching our IDC and helping us become real PADI material! Finally I want to thank Charlie Smith, my first real Bali friend, for the million times she studied with me, jumped in the pool to practice my skills, and told me that she believed in me.  I love you sugar!

The Best Dive Job in the World was a difficult competition and it has been a long road to get here.  There are so many people that campaigned for me, helped me make movies and run events, and just generally supported me.  A special thanks to Jackie Davis for being there for me 110% and being my # 1 supporter!  Thanks to Biggie, Kiko, Marisa, Alex, Megan, Crystal, Steph, Anthony, Adam, Leah, Addy, Sunshine Divers, my wonderful 8, and all the others who stood by my side and showed that they supported me.  Also a big thanks to Greg Holt at Scuba Radio for recognizing my passion and taking the time to put me on his show.  It is a fantastic show for scuba enthusiasts and you should all take time to check it out check it out!

And last but not least I want to thank team awesome (aka team green), Katarina, Beth, Marissa, Tegan, Marcel, and Bryan for going through this whole thing with me.  It was a long 28 days and you guys really helped me through.  We were a fantastic team and I don’t know what I would have done without you!

Team Awesome becomes instructors!

Wow!  That was a lot of thank yous!  To be honest, I am sure that there are more people out there that I should be thanking.  Don’t think that I’ve forgotten you!  My final thank you goes to all those that I don’t know, who read my application or watched my video and supported my dream.  This whole thing shows that we have the power to make our dreams come true.  Thanks for believing.

We made it!

Woooooohooooooooo!!!

Team green ready to go!

Team green before IE.

Well, we are about half way through!  So far everyone has passed the dive theory and standards exams and the confined water portions of the instructor examination.  In about an hour we will do our knowledge development presentations.  Wish us luck!!

IE starts today!!

We start the instructor examination today, eeeeek!

Ahhh IE!!!

Ahhh IE!!!

Mock IE, check!

IDC Days 15 & 16

We spent the last two days doing a Mock IE at Blue Season Bali.  Basically we ran through everything that would be on the IE as a practice run.  I passed!  Actually we all passed!  We are ready to start the real thing tomorrow.  Check back on Sunday to find out how it went!

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